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Interactive Media: Portfolio Wrap-up

April 14, 2009

Working on the whole Portfolio thing again today. It’s nearly finished, but I kind of feel like it’s a little… empty? I’d been pretty confident about liking this minimalistic gray thing that I have going on but I’m not really sure if I’m happy with it anymore. I don’t really think it’s worth going back and figuring out an actual color scheme, seeing as the entire site is pretty functional and nice. Considering I have other finals to work on that I have been putting aside so I can work on this full time, I think I’m going to just keep with this coloration, and I can change it later on.


The last thing I need to work out is how to embed my blog somehow into the website. I know I could probably create a custom theme for wordpress that would make my blog look just like my website, but i’d much rather have it embedded somehow than merely have the “blog” link take the viewer off-site.

I’ve been researching some options and I think I’ll mess around with this IFrame stuff and see how simple that is.

That’s all for now. Over and Out.


Interactive Media: Resume

April 7, 2009

I’ve had much instruction from both my mother and father on the subject of resume´s and their importance in my pitiful life. As such, I’m pretty confident about being able to make a decent resume´ that will look appealing and have the proper information.

As usual, however, that little hard-working, overachieving bit of me had to nag and worry. So I’ve gone and done a bit of research on the specifics of a graphic design resume´ and the kind of things people are looking for in a portfolio before I waste three hours putting something together, only to realize I’ve done it wrong.

So enjoy.

The Graphic Design Resume Guide
A Well Designed CV = Job at first sight
Samples of Graphic Resumes
Resume Do’s and Don’ts
Guide to Resume Styles
7 Deadly Resume Writing Sins
Lil Resume Tutorial

The One Page Graphic Portfolio Guide
Advice for Online Graphic Portfolios

Interactive Media: An Art Movement Overview

March 9, 2009


1874 impressionism
1880s art nouveau

Art Noveau began in the 1880s as a reaction against the historical emphasis of mid-19th-century art, but did not survive World War I. Art nouveau originated in London, and, in general, was most successfully practiced in the decorative arts: furniture, jewelry, and book design and illustration. The style was richly ornamental and asymmetrical, characterized by a whiplash linearity reminiscent of twining plant tendrils. Its exponents chose themes fraught with symbolism, frequently of an erotic nature. They imbued their designs with dreamlike and exotic forms.

Aubrey Beardsley, Georges de Feure, Otto Eckmann, August Endell, Diego Giacometti, Max Klinger, Rene Lalique, Heinrich Vogeler, Otto Wagner, Lilly Willis

1880 post impressionism
1880s pointilism
1880 art and crafts

The Arts and Crafts Movement refers to the loosely-linked group of craftsmen, artists, designers and architects who aimed to raise the status of the applied arts to that of the fine arts.

William Morris, William de Morgan, Henry Holiday, Walter Crane, Alexander Fisher.

1890s nabis
1905 fauvism
1905 die brucke
1905 expressionism
1908 cubism
1910s rayonism
1916 dada
1919 bauhaus

A school founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius in Germany to develop a functional architecture based on a correlation between creative design and modern industry and science.

Josef Albers, Peter Behrens, Paul Citroen, Gerhard Marcks, Lucia Moholy, Georg Muche, Gunta Stolzl, Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart

1920 – Bakelite
1924 surrealism
1920s art deco

The term ‘Art Deco’ has been used to describe design and architecture from the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s that was characterized by bright colours, geometric shapes, and decorative motifs deriving from a wide range of visual sources from the early years of the 20th century. During the years when Art Deco as a style was in fashion the term Art Deco was not known. Modernistic or Style Moderne was used. The term was coined in the 60’s by Bevis Hillier, a British art critic and historian. The term was an abbreviation of the French words ‘art’ and ‘décoratif’, themselves derived from the Paris Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels of 1925

William van Alen, Joan-Gardy Artigas, Leonetto Cappiello, Adolphe Mouron Cassandre, Henry Dreyfuss, Frantisek Drtikol, Paul Follot, Rene Lalique, Tamara de Lempicka, Leslie Ragan, Romain de Tirtoff


1940s   organic abstraction
1950s   existential art
1950s  neo dada
1952   pop art
1950s Kitsch

Art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an extant style of art. The term kitsch was a response to the 19th century art whose aesthetics convey exaggerated sentimentality and melodrama, hence, kitsch art is closely associated with sentimental art. Moreover, kitsch also denotes the types of art that are like-wise æsthetically deficient making it a creative gesture that merely imitates the superficial appearances of art (via repeated conventions and formulae), thus, it is uncreative and unoriginal; it is not Art. Contemporaneously, kitsch also (loosely) denotes art that is æsthetically pretentious to the degree of being in poor taste, and to industrially-produced art-items that are considered trite and crass. The zany, playful, extreme accessories and decorations of the 1950s were very much kitsch or “1950s pop.” To call them whimsical is an understatement.

please see The Museum of Bad Art, Thomas Kinkade, or things like the Leg Lamp

1950s decollage
1960s   conceptual art
1960s   assemblage
1961   nouveau realism
1960s   lowbrow
1960s late   photo realism


1970s   post modernism

Movement in architecture, design and the arts that rejected the preoccupation of post-war modernism with purity of form and technique. Postmodernists use a combination of style elements from the past, such as the classical and the baroque, but also popular fims and magazines, and apply them to spare modern forms, often with ironic effect.

Judy Chicago, Barbara Kruger, Alessandro Mendini, Aldo Rossi, David Salle, Philippe Starck, Wolfgang Weingart, Varda Yoran

1970s  minimal art
1970s neo conceptualism
1975     der kaiserring
1970s   non conformism
1980s  neo pop
1990  postminimalism
1999  stuckism
2001  superflat

Media Class: The Big Finale & Sleeplessness

February 24, 2009


ALLAUS is finally finished..

That link there is the reason I have not slept since Sunday night. That link there is the uploaded (which made it all slow, wahh!) culminitive fulfillment of my career in Flash. It’s all on Angelfire, I hope you guys can see it properly! I hope to God I never have to touch this accursed program again. Of course that probably won’t happen, but it’s a nice thought

In other news, I am heading to Abeline with Wishing Well at about 1:30 today to help support our branch up there. RoomieRachel will be turning in my Flash assignment, seeing as I’m heading off before class. Hopefully I don’t miss too muc. God, that’s in 12 hours, and that’s a 5 hour drive. I can only hope that I’ll get some sleep on the ride up, because I will be driving back at midnight, and I don’t want to be driving after two nights of no-sleep. If i do, it will be interesting, to say the least. I’m hoping to have a good time there.

I still hate you

February 21, 2009

yes you, Adobe Flash, i’m talking about you.


just wanted to get that out of the way.

so I just found out today that we can apparently use sites like flashkit and such. I’ve been using tutorials and things like that, but I’ve just learned we can take premade things and incorporate them to our own use. I’m intrigued. This doesn’t change that I still hate you Adobe Flash. My fury burns hotter than one-thousand hot burning angry angry suns. You are pure evil.

In other news, I found a post on craigslist looking for an art student to illustrate a children’t book, due to budget restraints. I’m interested, but I am unsure if I’ll be able to do this due to my lack of time, and them saying they are on a tight schedule. I’m looking into details, and I’ll cross my fingers and hope things work out!

I. Hate. Adobe. Flash.

February 16, 2009

Can I say just how much I am very frustrated with Flash at this moment? I don’t know what I’m doing wrong anymore. I have gone through SEVEN “how to make a website” tutorials, and have gotten NONE of them to work properly! A huge problem that I am running into is that I am using CS4 on my laptop because I am not generally able to make it to the MacLab when it is open. This means several commands and options are completely gone, or perhaps renamed.

Rachel says my website looks fine, but I am sick, and frustrated with being up late half assing everything because I don’t know what the hell I’m doing anymore. I feel like a monkey given a bottle of Elmer’s washable glue and a soggy cardboard box and told to make a floating ship in one hour.

In other news, to make myself feel better. I have listened to the dramatic reading of this breakup letter.
Please indulge yourself. Listen to: you make me touch you hand for stupid reasons

Media Class: Assorted Learning

February 11, 2009

An assorted bit of learning from the past few weeks.

I’ve had a lot of frustration with scrollpanes. I want one that works by merely hovering, instead of this repetitive click click clicking.. can’t seem to hammer it out. Tried to use this tutorial but my components box is always empty, so I can’t finish it which is frustrating. I really hate working in CS4 when its still so new, because all the tutorials seem outdated.

My first  Scrollpanes!
Scrollpanes type two!

Learning how to do forms
And more forms…
The print button on map page & disabling flash printing

Media Class: Logo

January 26, 2009

Feeling inspired today! I’ve got a great little logo idea for Allaus! 🙂 Here’s the looksy, hope you like it. I think it will go great with the coffee-inspired and artsy fun website.


Media Class: Website Research 2.0

January 24, 2009

gelato11After some thought, and a date at a certain restraunt- I decided to switch my restraunt to Allaus Coffee & Gelato. Allaus is obviously a well off little gelato & coffee shop off Danforth and Santa Fe with a wonderful atmosphere and great service. After thoroughly enjoying my visit here, I decided to look them up online. Finding they had no website and very little internet presence at all suprised me, and I now see it as fitting that I should take up this place instead of Flat Tire.

Allaus Ad

Let’s look a little at what other people have said about Allaus.

OK Gazette Article
Local Newspaper Article
visitor reviews
online article
Actual Newspaper article

If you don’t want to read all that, here’s the scoop ( no pun intended!) Allaus serves over 100 flavors of gelato that are made fresh every morning in-store. What is gelato? Gelato is Italy’s version of icea cream. Gelato tastes a bit different from “regular” ice cream in that it has less butterfat, so is less creamy. But that creaminess is made up for by the fact that gelato is much more dense than ice cream, which gives you a much richer taste! Think of it more like a sherbert. They also serve a full range of fresh brewed coffees, cappuccinos, and most other coffee shop typical beverages. The interior has one wonderful wall mural of Italy, and a tiny yet gorgeous chandelier at the front just adds to the rich and elegant feel from the wrought iron table and velvety smooth armchairs that foster a cozy and intimate feel. There’s even an outdoor patio for when it’s warmer!

The main competitor for Allaus is Giovanni’s Gelato on Britton Road, but that is the only other gelato focused restraunt in town. A few other places such as Wedge Pizzeria & Co Co Flow Cafe in OKC offer Gelato, but not as their main attraction.

Allaus owner & founder Vienny Tran

Allaus owner & founder Vienny Tran

It wasn’t just the taste of their gelato and coffee that impressed me, it was the whole atmosphere, which is vital to a small niche business like this! I hope to develop a webpage that is as inviting and comfortable as this joint’s own atmosphere, and give them a webpage fitting to their business.